At the Ridge Theatre (ART) was established in 2001 to provide quality musical theatre experiences and art education to our community. ART was designed to function as a collaborative effort between educators, students, families, theatre supporters, local business and civic groups. Our primary partner is the Kent School District, which provides the use of the Kentridge Performing Arts Center for our summer program. The donated costs include a $175 per hour use fee; which covers the lights, custodian, air-conditioning, etc.; totaling approximately $73,500 per year. Teachers, counselors, and administrators from the district also recommend children from area schools who they feel would benefit from participating in our camps and performances. The goal has been to get students from across geographic and socio-economic regions of the district represented. The non-profit Kent Civic & Performing Arts Center (KCPAC) served as our mentor and sponsor for our first four years as we established our organization. Board members helped us promote our program, and attract community support, as well as an audience and volunteer base. Finally, we have received immeasurable support from local businesses, The Village Theatre, The 5th Avenue Theatre, and so many others who support our organization through their talent, services and donations.
Kentridge High School Performing Arts Center
12430 SE 208th St; Kent, WA 98031
Travis Jordan Britt Scholarship Fund
Travis was a very important member of our theatre family, both at Kentridge and in our summer program. His final performance was in our summer 2006 production of Bye Bye Birdie, where he played Albert Peterson. He performed while undergoing experimental treatments for a very painful form of bone cancer, which he knew would be terminal. We had a wheelchair and bed backstage for him, but once the lights came up and it was time to perform, Travis was transformed. Those who had the opportunity to watch Travis perform each night in the production know what it means to live what Travis taught us, “Live in the moment for every moment you have left.” We all made an agreement that when Travis was in the theatre, he was cancer-free and we laughed, played and lived in the moment. Travis taught us to appreciate relationships; to never take people around us for granted. He did this while also sharing his talent and love for the stage. The Board of Directors made the decision that every dollar that went to support the educational pursuits of our students would be spent in the name of Travis Jordan Britt. Travis taught all of us so many lessons in the two years we watched him battle bone cancer. We are all changed and the impact of Travis will continue to be felt in all aspects of our program. Travis is with us, in each and every one of us.